A graduate of Thomas Carr High School, he attended Butler University in Indianapolis. On May 19, 1962, Bob and Charlene Poss, his high school sweetheart, were married at Little Flower Catholic Church.
Bob was a traffic manager for Stokely-Van Camp, but although highly respected and rewarded for his ability to cut costs and to locate lost freight cars, being in an office was not for him. He became a locomotive engineer for Penn-Central Railroad for many years. His inquisitive mind led him to pursue other careers in later years: owning a restaurant, managing retail sales, running a small farm, and designing and making gingerbread architectural trim for homes.
Bob had a quick wit and was an excellent story teller – some true, some not. Some of the truthful ones were probably the hardest to believe. He liked to recall his adventures as an ocean fisherman and his retirement on the day he was rescued by the Coast Guard after spending three days adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. He had a beautiful smile, loved to laugh, and to make people laugh, and could be mischievous! His love to tease sometimes masked his true nature as a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother.
The family believes Bob is now with his beloved wife, Charlene who died on May 27th. He is survived by his daughter, Kristina Paulton of Branson; son, Robert Alan Lawhorn, Jr. of Mooresville, Indiana; a sister, Patricia Ann Viviano of Branson; 8 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife; his daughter, Michelle Denise Pease; and his parents.
Bob broke his promise not to feed another stray, nor to let a stray into their home on a cold night, or to bring a new puppy or kitten home repeatedly. In Bob’s remembrance, take a stray dog or cat into your home or find a home for just one stray. Make a donation to your local Humane Society, or give your unused items to the Humane Society Resale Shop in Branson.
No services are planned at this time.